By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Nigerian track star Tobi Amusan has broken the women’s 100m hurdles world record in the semifinals at the world track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon.
The 25-year-old athlete clocked 12.12 seconds in the semifinals at Hayward Field on Sunday, shattering American Keni Harrison‘s world record of 12.20 from 2016.
Amusan’s result is the largest time drop for a world record in the event in 42 years.
The Nigerian star went even faster to win the final nearly two hours later, clocking 12.06 seconds. However, the latter result was will not count as the new world record because of too much tailwind.
SHE DID IT ‼️
After breaking the world record in the semis, Tobi Amusan 🇳🇬 storms to world 100m hurdles title in the final 🥇
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) July 25, 2022
Amusan’s clock time on Sunday made her the first Nigerian ever to break a world record in any event.
“I wanted to get out and go,” the former UTEP standout Amusan said after the semis, according to World Athletics. “I did what I had to do.”
Jamaican Britany Anderson took silver, followed by Olympic gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico.
Amusan’s previous personal best was 12.40, set in the first round at worlds on Saturday.
In June, the young sprinter made headlines in June when she broke the African record for 100m hurdles by clocking 12.41 in Meeting de Paris.